Bottle tried at the Henry Jones in Hobart.
Bit too dark, I mean it pours a golden colour, quite rich and deep. Steady bead around the edges; head is non-existent except as the remnants of the bead. Bit of cloud maybe which is the only weizeny character. Quite bad.
Smells fruity, beery. Notes of pear, maybe some banana, some citrus and spice. Slight mineral character midway too, which is maybe a bit accidental. But not unpleasant.
Taste is light and fruity upfront; some banana for sure, that devolves maybe into notes of pink lady apple and pear, some mild spice notes late-mid with cinnamon and vanilla. Finishes a bit tart, with a little spike of a weird citrus note that tastes and feels a bit incongruous. Not the classic characters, in fact a bit off but it could have been nasty and it's somehow not. It's just tart, with a good earthy spice that saves it all.
Tingly, that gets sizzly if you savour it. Not great.
Yeah definitely a bit off for classic hefeweizen notes. Sizzly and tart for the style. But as a drinking experience it's actually oddly enjoyable.
79 / 100
Date, citrus and Sichuan pepper hefeweizen, brewed for GABS festival 2017. Tried there in a sampler.
Pours a straw colour, opaque from the haze. Head is dense, white and retaining well. Looks great; really good.
Smells amazing. Some light oatmeal character to the malt but then it's all tangy, spicy and earthy. Lime and undergrowth, with some peppery piquancy and star anise. Beautiful. Goddamn I love it.
Taste delivers on what the nose promised. Some light grain to start up, cereal with a touch of pearl barley on there, slightly nutty maybe. Develops some nice tangy and zesty characters midway with a slight citrus focus, then turns all earthy and spicy on the finish with clove, star anise and a sharp pepper heat towards the finish. It's a touch sour overall but the spice really lifts it and adds this layer of complexity to the back that's really rewarding and unexpected.
Decent body for the style; quite bitty but still reasonably smooth. Maybe a touch too far on the heat at the back.
Weird beer, but I'm really digging it. The dry pull of the Sichuan pepper on the back is a left-field treat that will probably put people off but I think it's a really impressive experience and sensation.
I retried this beer at the end of GABS and crowned it my #1 top beer of the festival. I haven't heard anybody else speak about it at all and I suspect with the unknown brewer quantity and the fact that it doesn't have "IPA" in the style name means it was severely underrepresented in people's paddles. The following week at Sydney GABS I made sure my friends tried it and it was pretty universally enjoyed (and even beloved by a few of the more everyday less-crafty drinkers). I'll still extol its virtues, I think this was an unexpected delight.
Plain old wheat beer brewed for GABS 2017. The twist is it's fermented in an old clay amphora. Tried at the festival on tap.
Pours a pale straw colour, hint of cloud in the body. Head is white, sparse and webbed. The head is a bit meh, but otherwise looks decent. To style at least.
Smells a bit cold actually, not getting a lot at first. But yeah, pretty damn subtle. Too damn subtle. Vanilla, some grainy notes. Not much of anything.
Taste is decent and more to style. Some caramel malt notes that develops a subtle banana character midway, and a touch of spice on the back. Not too bad but yeah not a whole lot of a twist and certainly don't get a big 'clay amphora' flavour here.
Decent body, smooth enough I guess.
Not bad; a slightly tangy wheat beer. I don't think an odd fermentation vessel is really much of a gimmick unless you can taste it. And this tastes pretty straightforward, really.
Bottle given to me by Father for Christmas.
Pours a pale amber colour, light white foam around the rim for the head. Decent lace cling, but thin. Bit cloudy; looks more like a generic pale than a wheat beer, but not bad.
Smells phenolic, and quite spicy. Peppery, herbal. Yeah, medicinal, slightly organic and rubbery. Some honey and oatmeal on the malt. Pretty simple but pretty decent.
Taste is a little sour, disappointingly. Has a decent phenolic, maybe Belgian character upfront and all the way to the mid, but then the back has a slightly infected, off flavour. Not enough to believe it's actually infected but it's just slightly tart, mildly vinegary, like there isn't enough malt to balance the ale byproducts which just turn watery-acidic as a result. Not bad but the quality's all on the front and it's a bit soggy and thin on the back. So not a peak end.
A little thin in the body, but not a bad texture all told. Quite foamy and nice.
Yeah, I feel there's something a bit lacking if not totally off (slightly) about this. Drinks alright but tastes flawed.
On tap at GABS 2016.
Pours a champagne colour, fairly cloudy to the point of being sedimenty. White head, foamy with just a thin crown retaining. But OK.
Smells tangy, mostly. Passionfruit, with some pine wood characters, touch of spice and a hint of bitterness. Earthy, fruity. Not bad at all.
Taste is similar. Some spice notes leading from the early grainy malt character into a fruity mid, with passionfruit abounding. Finish is really very bitter, and very phenolic to a fault. Bit too earthy, not quite medicinal but just oddly astringent. Maybe too much spice, as well.
Decent body, hint of boozey warmth which is not bad.
Not bad, but the weizen yeast notes kind of detract from the fruity melange that is created from the malt/hops balance. They could have created a decent wheat-infused pale ale with a nice hoppy character but the two kind of clash when combined.
On tap at Micro Bar in Reykjavik, October 2015.
Pours slightly hazy, pale yellow. Foamy, spit-esque head, white, retaining well.
Smells chlorophenolic. Rubbery, but it dissipates after a while. Then, fruit - banana, and a touch of nutmeg. Slightly sour, but OK.
Tastes mildly sour as well, some fresh green apple and banana on the mid-to-late. Some light spice notes and a touch tart on the back. OK, but not great.
Mouthfeel is lightly frothy, some pull on there. Fine I guess.
Bit sour for the style, but otherwise has all the right characters.
59 / 100
Contract brewed probably at Icon Brewery. On tap at the Bavarian Beer Cafe in Miranda, February 6, 2016.
Pours a dark amber colour, steady bead. Head is off-white, small bubbles. Decent lacing left behind. Somewhat cloudy. Looks a bit dark, like a pale ale, but quite good otherwise.
Smells wheaty, with a restrained sour spice note. Clove and pepper dominate with a hint of lime on the back. Grapefruit too, maybe. Possibly over-hopped? Lacking classic wheat fruit flavours, but otherwise pretty decent smell.
Taste is quite sour, bitter. Malty upfront with big caramel and sickly vanilla note. Develops some banana midway with some more sweetness and some mild spice late on the palate. Clovey, cinnamon, finishes quite sweet and could use some more earthy notes to clean up. Not bad but slipping off the standard flavour path without much reason. Has hints but a few holes in there as well.
Bitty, very sedimenty with some rough edges. Smoothes out a bit at the very end.
Feels like the right beer but just has some missing or off notes. Maybe too much crystal malt? It has quite a dark, rounded barley edge that really doesn't belong there. Certainly decent, in the final analysis. I'm really not sure it needs this pretentious 'crafty' label though. There are things that aren't massive amounts of absolute wank, and this brand name isn't one of those.
49 / 100
Tried on-tap at GABS 2015. Ah yes, I remember this well. I was so convinced that what I was given was cider that I took at back to the container only to be assured that this really was this beer. OK then.
Pours a very, very pale almost clear yellow, with no visible hazing. Body is very light and the head is white and quite persistent (maybe disproving my cider theory). Very light carbonation.
Ah, but what's this? The aroma is just like cider. Tart, crisp pear and apple with a slight linger of pepper. I find it hard to believe that this is beer, let alone that it's a hefeweizen.
Taste is similar. Appley, light slightly tart and crisp, heading into a carbonic character like soda water. Empty and dry on the back like sec champagne or, you guessed it, cider.
Feel is very, very dry, almost arid.
Drinkability is OK. But guess what, this isn't right. I've actually seen some other checkins of this post GABS and some folk seem to have a similar experience. To be honest, I still hope that kegs were accidentally switched at some point for some reason, but if not, this is a genuinely bad hef.
76 / 100
Tried on-tap at GABS 2015 in Melbourne.
Pours a pale orange hue, with very, very thick hazing. Body is solid enough and holds very fine, powdery carbonation. Head is a pale cream colour, solid and full in the glass. Lacing forms in big holed patches. Looks good.
Nose It smells good too. Big, frothy, fruity hops come through with qualities of sweet citrus and stonefruit. Bit dusty towards the back with a hint of flour and some peppery spice drying it out. It's nice all up.
Clean and pleasant entry on the palate, with a slight fullness from the malt and hef yeast. Slightly smoky in the middle, oddly enough, giving a touch of meaty savoury goodness as an unexpected twist to the wheaty thinness. Bitter but pleasant in the back, with a pleasant peachskin quality to it, and some lingering stewed fruit in the finish.
Feel is full-bodied and firm—very good for a beer only weighing in at 5% ABV.
Drinkability-wise this is very good. Clean, but flavoursome and thick. There's a lot going for it, and I enjoyed it a good deal.
73 / 100
Tried on-tap at GABS 2015 in Melbourne.
Pours a straw-slightly-off-to-pink colour with solid hazing to the body. Decent weight to it and very fine carbonation. Head is yellowish white, full and fresh leaving very solid and thick lacing.
Nose has some nice robust hefeweizen notes, fragrant and slightly organic. Banana and spice definitely come through, but these are cleaved with a sweet fruit note from the quince. There's a slight sharp chlorine note as well, but this accentuates some of the roundness a little. It's nice.
Chunky, full sweet opening to the palate, with some chewy stewed fruit int he centre. Slight estery tones come through as well, and the back has some pleasant vanilla, and light, thin banana characters to clean it up. It does meant that the flavour evaporates in the finish to some extent, but otherwise it's nice.
Feel is chewy but ephemeral.
Overall, this was a very solid brew. A good hef, with some nice twists for interest. I liked it.
62 / 100
Pours a champagne colour, loads of cloud. Head fills up about 3/4 of the glass. Webbed and cream-coloured, and nice.
Smells fruity: orange and grapefruit with a big hint of lychee. Some spice, leaning more towards the sweet than the astringent or piquant. Touch of oxidation maybe. But not bad.
Oxidised for sure, damn. Dark fruit character with a touch of damp wood. Spice character and some resin. Slight orange tinge but what flavours were once there are no more. Such a shame.
Full body, lots of texture. Wonderful mouthfeel.
Damn, I was really looking forward to this beer too. Still quite nice, but flavours are muted.
60 / 100
Pours a straw colour, hugely sedimenty, opaque even. White foamy head, retaining OK. Pretty decent look, I like the cloud in particular.
Smells weizeny. Chestnutty malt with a touch of oatmeal that develops some nice spice notes and lots of banana. Clove, coriander, maybe a touch of rye character as well. Not bad.
Taste is a bit sweet actually. Buttery caramel and spent grain, then that banana ester comes through with a touch of clove. I expected more tartness, or more quince at least. Tastes like a sweetish hefeweizen.
Body is thin, to style, flat and fairly uninteresting.
Nothing special, could have used more fruit flavours. Still, a decent hefeweizen but pretty unexciting.
75 / 100
Pours a gold colour, way too dark for the style. Cloud gives it an opaqueness which is a bit more appropriate. Cream head, foamy, retains quite well. Not bad if a bit dark.
Smells of citra hops. Fruity with passionfruit, touch of citrus and maybe a whisper of banana, but otherwise not much hefe going on here. Still, smells nice and better than I expected.
Taste is an improvement again. Citric hops take a front seat here but there's a nice passionfruit tang to it as well and a touch of mango. Plus a nice clovey hefeweizen note that comes through subtly towards the back. Really quite a nice and pleasant mix; I'm surprised.
Body is full, chewy even, but with a nice tingle from the carbonation. Not bad.
Better than expected, although still a bit more hop than hefe.
47 / 100
Straw-coloured, very very pale. White head, fairly sparsely bubbled but retaining nicely.
Smells of tangy fruit. Apple/pear with a touch of lemon acidity. Empty, with very little else. Certainly nothing hefeweizeny about it.
Taste is apple/pear again with lemon. Not hefeweizeny at all; tastes more like a crisp cider with a touch of acidity. Very tangy/fruity, nothing beery or weizeny at all.
Thin body, goes down quaffably but no texture.
Possibly the wrong beer? Sour and not hefeweizeny at all. Jez reckons they had the tap wrong. It seems to have been the same throughout the festival though, so I can only conclude it's a bad beer, and a bad weizen. Not unpleasant though.
61 / 100
On tap at the Royal Albert.
Pours disappointingly clear, pale gold. Head is white, a foamy cloud with decent lace rim. Could use a lot more cloud, otherwise OK.
Smells spicy, wheaty. Fresh cut grass, pepper, not a lot of fruit. That's OK; I like my hefes more on the spicy side.
Touch of fruit upfront. Gets bitter, peppery spicy midway. Touch of umami, oddly. Maybe capsicum, then green pepper, and a touch of fennel. Mildly sweet, decent spice but not really piquant. Slightly sour. Not my favourite hefe but not bad.
Decent mouthfeel, dry. Not a lot of texture. But not bad.
Drinkable but just not my favourite blend of hefe flavours.
71 / 100
500ml bottle purchased from BevMo in Sunnyvale, CA.
Pours a very pale straw colour, thickly hazed with a frothy, pure white head. Disappointingly, the head doesn't stick around for a long time and settles out to a film that is, admittedly, still very fine, and pure white.
Nose is fairly decent, without the punch of the best weizens. Calm estery banana notes with a touch of dustiness, and a little organic funk like grass clippings in the sun. There's a zestiness to it as well, a little zing like Aspro-Clear and just a hint of those phenolic clove notes. Nice stuff.
Taste is clean and bright, with an underlying weight and sweetness from the yeast characters. More pleasant banana notes, with a clean, direct character through the centre that feels a little like acidity from the wheat. Finish is dry and light, leaving the beer more refreshing than its palate would make you think.
Feel is great, smooth and heavy, but with a zestiness that prevents it from getting unmanageable.
Overall, it's a really nice hef. Smooth and very drinkable—there's nothing wrong with it. It perhaps doesn't have the intensity and richness of my favourites (like Weihenstephaner), but it's a fine addition to the style nonetheless.
50 / 100
Collaboration with Eagle Bay Brewing, a 'choc-brown hefeweizen' brewed for GABS 2013. Tried at the festival on tap.
Pours a brownish-amber colour, massive cloud throughout the body. Head is cream-coloured, large bubbles. Not bad.
Smells spicy. Touch of sourdough and rye bread from the grain with a whiff of banana, pepper, cinnamon. The right characters but kind of a blah blend. Maybe use some more sweetness or more piquancy from the spice. Treads a bland middle line.
Taste is grainy upfront with more of that sourdough character, but sweeter with a touch of caramel and some dry cocoa powder. Clove towards the back, very dry though and lacking the oomph I kind of want from a hefeweizen, even a cacao-infused one. Not bad but not great.
Body is quite thin, considering how much haze there is. Carbonation shows through more than I'd like.
Not quite chocolatey enough, could use more sweetness. Just tastes very dry.
Pours a pale straw colour, huge cloudiness throughout. White, webbed-out head dissipates way too quickly. Good apart from the lack of head but that's a big 'apart from'.
Banana on the nose in spades, but plenty of hefe spice as well. Clove and coriander with a whisper of pepper. Quite spicy, quite nice.
Taste is quite grainy upfront, but lots of nice hefe notes come through pretty quickly. Banana, white pepper, clove and coriander. Good balance and nice flavours.
Decent body, bit of sizzle from the carbonation. Not bad for style, quite bitty as well.
Actually decent hefe. Would be nice if Squire did more of this and played with more styles rather than seemingly rehashing the 'POR-hopped pale ale' formula they tend to work with.
59 / 100
Pours a pale straw colour, hazy. White head, thin and pretty lacking. OK I guess.
Slight tartness on the nose, banana and apple coming through. Just a hint of mild spice. Par for the course, nothing too special.
Taste is a bit weak, some banana esters and other fruit, with a touch of anise on there. Fairly sweet and fruity characters throughout, particularly on the back where I'd prefer more spice esters to come through.
Not a very full bodied hefe, quite light and slightly dry without much spice oomph. Bit of light sizzle from the carbonation.
Drinkable though, and accessible. Good entry platform for Six String's range.
48 / 100
330ml bottle purchased from Dan Murphy's in Alexandria. Poured half, agitated what sediment there was, then poured the second half.
The end result actually didn't change much from the first half. It's still hazed, but not hugely so, a pale, almost dirty yellow colour. Head froths significantly initially, but settles down to be no more than an ephemeral film, with some fine sudsing around the edge. And a while after that it disappears completely. Indeed, it looks pretty dead and lifeless after its initial flurry. I'm not overly impressed.
Nose is smacked with bananas, slightly overripe, slightly sweet, with something a little sour or carbonic about it. Perhaps it's slightly antiseptic. Whatever it is, it detracts a little from the classic hefe character. It's almost a nettle note. I'm fixating on this one thing because it's bugging me, but the large proportion of the nose is just that classic banana note: it's not all bad if you don't look too closely.
Taste is... fine. Whatever. Thin wheaty cleanness matched with some banana esters to tick the boxes. Not really much hint of the antiseptic character here, fortunately. Yeah, I mean I reiterate: it's fine. But I'm bored. Not only does it do nothing interesting, it's not even really a good example of a hefeweizen. It has enough character to show that, yes, it is what it says on the label, but otherwise it's really very pedestrian.
I guess I'm just world-weary. That's a sad place to be, really. There are so many great and exciting beers out there to discover. But this is not one of them.
41 / 100
Massive frother when opened - doesn't really settle down. Champagney colour with similarly champagney bubbles, steady bead up to a huge frothy head that just slowly fades down pillow-style. Bit too clear for the beast wheat beer, and too frothy. Otherwise fine.
Smells very dry, with a lot of pine notes, some sulfurous characters as a sidenote of some tart vinous characters. Green apple, pear and some faint berry notes. Again, not the ideal smell for a wheat, but it's refreshing and enjoyable enough.
Taste is fairly tart upfront, with crisp green apple notes and champagney flavours that develop a sulfurous edge midway. Almost mediciney at times, and then gets a rich cherry note on the back, and a lingering honey sweetness that shouldn't really be there. Maybe a bit dryer on the back, and a bit of spice would improve this. It's OK, but a little bit overbearing on the middle, and lacking in some of those classic hefe notes.
Bit stodgy on the mouthfeel actually, syrupy on the body and doesn't quite showcase that furious carbonation. I have mixed feelings about this.
Not bad, drinkable enough but just not quite right in some places.
76 / 100
Pours a pale straw colour, big bubbles around the glass. Quite cloudy in the body, with off-white sparse head. Kind of soft-drink-esque, but not bad.
Smells spicy and phenolic, with fruity touches as well. Cinnamon, a touch of clove, nutmeg and of course banana. Classic hefe characters, riddled with spice. Good.
Lots of dry spice on the palate as well. Pepper, nutmeg and clove vie for supremacy while underlying it is that nice banana ester. Great ester creation and a dry, soda kind of texture. Pleasant and drinkable as anything.
Again, the fizz lends it the similitude of soft drink, but it kind of works with the flavour.
Maybe could use a bit more fruit to really lighten it up. But a drinkable and very pleasant hefe.
58 / 100
On-tap at the Local Taphouse in Sydney during the Italian SpecTapular.
Very pale yellow colour with very solid hazing. Head is white and light, but pretty bubbly and inconsistent, not at all what you expect from a hefeweizen. Not bad all up, but a bit dull.
Mild sweet banana characters on the nose give a confectionery tone. A hint of spice comes through, giving almost an aroma of incense, along with some huskier grain characters. It's all a bit weaker than I'd want, but some of the characters are pretty pleasant.
Light mild banana on the front palate, before some carbonic acidity comes through rather sharply, pretty much savaging the more delicate estery characters. This is matched on the back by an odd green, leafy character which really cuts back on the smoothness. Feel is both too light and too crisp for the style, and exposes the extended carbonation again.
Overall? Pretty pedestrian attempt at a Hef. I want more from the style, and this one is a bland effort at best.
On-tap at Bailey's Taproom in Portland OR.
Pours a very light yellow colour with minimal haze, a big negative for a hef. Head is a nice fine white colour, forming a solid egg-white cream across the crown of the beer. Really, though, it's a weak looking beer. Unimpressed.
Nose is yeasty, off and really not in style at all. It has none of the fragrance that suits a wheat-based brew, instead giving plasticene and salty dough. There's a slight pear note, but it's not nearly enough, and it's almost unnoticeable against the other unpleasant characters. Really. Awful. Rubbish.
Taste is similar. Light yeast which lends a character almost like that most appalling Aussie hop Pride of Ringwood. Fetid white corn comes through lending a weak hint of rank, off chilli. Really? This is what you're giving me Gilgamesh? This is very poor indeed. Feel is light but pointless.
Blech. This is genuinely far from being a hefeweizen, and in fact is actively offensive to me. Very, very, unimpressedâso much so, that I'm prepared not to try Gilgamesh again based on the paucity of this example of their craft.
Pours an orange-gold colour- quite dark, really, but nice cloud and generous fluffy snowy head, retaining but sinking slowly. Looks good.
Plenty of German weizen esters floating free and radical in that big head. Musty clove spice with a hint of white pepper, capsicum and some green apple. Pretty standard weizen notes and yet feels lacking on the fruit esters. OK.
All the banana's on the flavour. Big banana hit that continues all the way through, nice shades of sweet and touch and a touch of vanilla joining later in the piece. Touch here and there of a clove and nutmeg spice, but most of the sizzle in the mouth comes from the fizz, and there's quite a pull at the back.
Overall a decent weizen, but I'd like more spice on the palate and more fruit on the nose.
Purchased from the Adelaide Bier Shop.
Pours worryingly clear early on, but a quick stop to swirl the sediment at the end eventually gives it a cloudy body, bright golden orange, with a fizzling and rather bubbling and inconsistent head of white. No lacing at all, and the head really doesn't want to stick around for long.
Nose is somewhat pummeled by the fizzy carbonation output, but as it settles, there are pleasant tones of banana and a slight citric zing to the aroma. A little bit too sharp, both from carbonic characters and perhaps even a touch to much hoppinessâit doesn't let the wheat yeast characters come through. But they're there, and they want to shine.
Flavour is flat and rather dull, but light and smooth enough with some peppy wheat acidity coming through. Really too thin on the palate, and with very little residual sweetness, meaning the lighter wheat character just cuts across the palate. Plus, the aromatics are not strong enough to permeate and give any structure or coalescence to the palate.
Too thinâafter more than a couple of sips I feel loath to continue drinking it. It's pretty flat, lifeless and uninspiring, with even only a few vain hints of what it's meant to be.
74 / 100
Pours a cloudy straw colour, bit darker than I expected but still overall pale. Head is white, small bubbles and retaining a thin crown of sticky lace. Steady bead keeps it alive; looks good.
Smells dry and spicey with lots of German yeast esters and phenols, dry clovey spice with mild citric twang, a touch of banana and orange peel as well. Largely cloves though; good hefe nose.
Taste starts quite citric with a slightly candied orange peel note, develops spice midway with a slight capsicum flavour and lots of clove, nutmeg and white pepper phenols. Fruit re-emerges late with mild lemon tartness and a hint of banana providing late sweetness. All pretty typical for the style but well handled for maximum flavour extraction. Brewed to style, but brewed well.
Bit sizzly on the feel and quite a pull from the yeast makes it a bit dryer than I'd like. Not bad though.
Pretty much a standard hefeweizen, but it's a fine example of one. Not genre-bending or mind-blowing, but enjoyable.
72 / 100
Poured and swirled aggressively, this ends up relatively hazy, a bright yellow-to-amber hue with fine carbonation and a fizzling head of white. Very fine bead when tilted, and the body looks solid. Not bad, apart from the head.
Nose is mild and slightly acidic, with some true banana esters, but minimal spice. When swirled, the pungency increases somewhat, giving a sharper, more noticeable estery character, but it's a little one-dimensional overall.
Taste is smooth and pleasant, with a slight kick of phenol and spice on the back to reboot the palate after the long sweetness. Feel is great, extremely smooth and chewy, but light enough to make it quaffable. It's actually not a bad stylistic example on the palate.
Pretty decent Australian-made Hef here. Sure, the Germans still have years and years on us, but this is a solid example of a style that's often done poorly locally.
43 / 100
Had on-tap at Biero in Melbourne.
Pours very clear, a pale light golden colour with the merest of mere hints of haze. Head is fine, a ring of decent frothy white that leaves moderate lacing. Lots of carbonation, but it streams through the body so quickly. I'm a bit underwhelmed.
Nose is full of banana esters, but thinly so, without any body or heft to back it up. A bit of crisp wheat acidity gives touches of soda stream to it. It's all a bit inspid, like artificially sweetened banana candy. Eh.
Taste is similar. Very thin body, but with the sweet, slightly cloying and unsatisfying banana character. Back sticks around too long with a touch of mouldy or overripe organics. Finish is rife with that soda water character. Banana is certainly the main event here, but it's not particularly well done. Shame.
Not a good hefeweizen, and so, so far from the best examples. I was disappointed, especially given the other good reviews here.
Had on tap at the brewery 17/08/11.
Pours a pale saffron colour with light bead through thick haze. Head is white, tightly packed, decent retention. Good.
Tangy hefe aroma with a touch of meek citric orange, banana and some crisp green apple. Mild green pepper and cardamom spice; decent hefe, could be bigger.
Taste is tangy and a bit tart, at times verging on mildly astringent. Lots of banana hefe characters with tart green apple, slight capsicum character and finishes with a distinct lemony ester. Dry on the back with light phenols and a touch of hay as well. Not bad really, could use more spice or malt, because it's all just tart, but crisp and refreshing enough.
Quite bitey feel with a very dry pull from the yeast. Style-appropriate but I don't love it.
Decent hefe flavours, but just a bit empty overall, it lacks the warmth.
75 / 100
Had on tap at the brewery 16/08/11.
Pours a pale straw colour with translucent haze. Thin white creamy head and slow bead. Looks pretty good.
Fruity nose with banana, peach and apricot all lifting what is otherwise quite a smokey yeasty aroma. Slight sourness with wood notes at the back. I am intrigued.
Taste is tangy and light, with banana on the front and then more tangy citrus notes with orange, lemon and vinous characters. Wood comes through late-mid with that slight smokey character, bit meaty towards the back, feels like an accident but it's organically produced as a by-product of the other flavours, and works quite well.
Fairly full-bodied, bit of carbonation tingle later, gentle and decently quaffable.
Good hef - classic flavours and very drinkable.
Pours a pale gold colour, clear but without the hefe haze. Head is white, dissipates to leave nice clingy lace. Great lace but needs haze.
Very hefe-y nose. Big clove hit with sour nutmeg notes, fresh banana and touch of dried orange peel. Tangy, spicy. Not bad at all.
Taste is similar in character but doesn't quite have the same punch. Tang upfront with banana, orange and lavender. Slight spice notes on the back with clove and star anise, but not a huge yeasty character; borderline sour.
Fair body, fair yeasty texture. Good.
Decent hef, but underwhelming in parts and nothing really spesh.
83 / 100
Bottle purchased from Leura Cellars. Wonderful that there is now a steady supply of Sierra Nevada beers making their way to Australian shores.
Pours a suitably cloudy and light-coloured yellow, with a fine, but rather effete head of white. Lacing is patchy, but looks like the classic examples. The head is a bit of a disappointment, but otherwise it looks good.
Nose is crisp and clean, with some lingering underripe banana characters. The acidity of the wheat is very present here, giving a tone I associate more the the American wheat ale, than the bursting and redolent esters fo the German examples. Still, pretty good nose.
Taste is where this takes off. Clean, smooth and wheaty with slight weizen-yeast tones on the finish. Clear palate, excruciatingly refreshing and with just enough of that light touch of acidity to prove that you need no slice of orange with it. Very refreshing and very clean, and almost indistinguishable from one of the best German examples.
A great American beer, brewed amazingly close to style. Apart from the lack of oomph on the nose, I'm sure the Germans would very happily claim this as one of their own. Crackingly refreshing brew.
Pours a pale saffron colour with plenty o' translucent haze. Head is overly generous, frothing up to dominate the glass with white, sticky webs of lace. Looks good, but head is too much.
Smell is largely weizeny. Plenty of musty yeast aromas that border on funky; green apple with clove, lucerne and a slight cheese rind. Plenty of fruit hiding at the back, pineapple and citrus but the yeast overrides it. Pleasant, but expected more of a blend.
Taste has a fair floral hit on the assault - tropical notes with some lemon zest, grapefruit and pineapple. Gets musty towards the mid with phenolic spice and slight tart funk flavours. Metallic hints with clove, brass and some lucerne, very slight hint of sulfur as well. The finish is cleanly bitter for the most part, with some resinous hop oils departing to leave a lingering metallic trace on the hang. It's a well-made weizen palate with some interesting hop notes spiking here and there, but somehow I'm not getting the coherence between the flavours and it all seems a bit of a hodge-podge.
Quite spicy on the feel with plenty of carbonation and sharp yeast notes providing piquancy. Can't say I love it, although it suits the style.
A pleasant beer and a valiant effort, although the overall results lacks a bit of mojo.
Purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne.
You can hear the carbonation from the uncapping, with a vigorous "vzzzt" escaping from the bottle. Even when poured slowly, a huge, aerated head forms, collapsing in very topological patterns. It almost looks like marshmallow fluff. It's captivating.
Body is an extremely hazed deep golden colour, much like a hef, and it has some good weight to the body. Overall, it's a lovely looking brew.
Nose is redolent with suitably citrussy hops, giving a sharp fragrance which almost completely overrides the delicate wheat beer esters that are present as well. It's an odd mixture in any case, but it's very much skewed towards the hops. I can't say I can see much subtlety, but the brashness is invigorating in a way.
Taste is a little bit flatter than expected, with the hops getting a big run through the centre of the palate and again rampaging over the mild wheat characters. These only really get a look in at the finish, where a subtle yeasty bread character is felt. It's unapologetic about what it's about, and that showcasing Citra, but it's really lacking some balance.
Feel is light, but refreshing. Again, something fuller would cushion the hops a bit more.
Still, that being said, it's an extremely drinkable beer. Very light on the palate, not a huge ABV, and although the hop character is very much the main event, it's clean and refreshing, meaning it makes a good drinkin' beer.
Pours a pale amber gold, huge fluffy white head with webs on the side, sinking unevenly on top but slowly, thanks to the large robust carbonation. Mostly clear body. Looks nice but not hugely weizeny or even what I'd expect to find at Oktoberfest.
Nose is really rather sweet. Lots of malt and sweetish grain, with corn notes, caramel aroma and some vanilla as well. Some fuirt notes lingering, soft banana and apple. Largely though it's just grainy. Not unpleasant, but simple.
Taste is very grainy as well. Pearl barley with oatmeal and sweet grain bread on the front gets more sweet on the mid, with notes of honey, popcorn and more vanilla, plus a very sticky bread-dough character leading to the finish which is really rather unfortunate. But it's also characteristic of some German yeasts which is one of my bugbears really. Finish itself is not bad, some very light grassy hops -possibly Hallertau Hersbrucker but used very sparingly. Vegetative and clean with no lingering bitterness, just a flat and clean aftertaste. This makes for extremely clean, simple, excessive drinking, but not a lot on the interest side.
Very smooth feel, nice grainy texture through the palate. Full-bodied and just the slightest dryness at the back.
The fact that the texture and drinkability of this beer are the best aspects suggests a great deliberateness to it. The technical aspects are absolutely spot on and the whole thing drinks like its purpose in life is to be drunk in copious amounts. I don't love the flavour, but it gets it over the line and I could just smash stein after stein of this in a tent in Munich some time.
60 / 100
Pours a very pale, but hazy yellow colour - a look I'm starting to associate with an "Austrian Hefeweizen". Head is filmy but consistent, and made up of very fine bubbles. Cloudiness is nice. Overall, it's a decent looking brew, very light for a hefe though.
Nose is lightly spicy with a slight wheat acidity, but it's very light and mild all up. Slight coppery twang, and a hint of crushed leaves, but minimal else. Can't say I'm a huge fan, even though the slight characters it does have are pleasant enough.
Taste is a little better, with the hallmarks of a good weizen - slight acidity through the front, a touch of spice and a little sweetness. On the back, however, there's a slightly bitter metallic, phenolic character that skews it from the classic profile. It's a little bit of a downer to an otherwise decent beer. Feel is smooth enough, and quite light, which suits it well enough.
Eh, it's not a great beer, but it's not that bad either. There are much better hefeweizens out there - this one is just a little bit too bland.
75 / 100
Pours cloudy and full from the start, forming a deep golden hazed body, with a frothy and shiny head of white, that leaves classic weizen suds as it collapses. Colour is perfect for a hefe, and glows welcomingly from my weizen glass. Lovely looking brew.
Nose is round and a little sweet, with a very light banana character, but a more prominent soapy detergent note, that gives rise to a slight peppery spice. Certainly all believable characteristics for a German hefe. Not as full bodied or complex as some, though.
Taste is smooth and long, with some very pleasant banana esters coming forward, and a lingering sweetness that is tempered by the light spicy astringency. Carbonation is a bit harsh on the front, but by the end, the smooth and clear body has ironed out the zealous effervescence.
I like the lingering nature of the beer. In some ways, it detracts from the drinkability, in the way that it's difficult to down quickly, but otherwise, the flavours are so clean and refreshing that it would have had a high drinkability score anyway.
A very nice hefe, and one I would say is better than their standard Weissbier. Stick to the original, ur, Erdinger.
71 / 100
Pours a bright, deep golden colour, only when I was getting to the dregs of the bottle did the yeast haze finally make itself felt, pouring into the glass and clouding the body. Head if large-bubbled and frothy, but a pleasant white shade. Doesn't hold its shape very well, however. Lots of tiny streams of carbonation down the bottom of the glass. Overall, it's a decent looking brew, but maybe a little sub par for the style.
Nose is pleasant with some wheaty flavours giving a light spice and acidity, with a lingering grainy sweetness. Slight musty characters come through as well, which almost mingle indistinguishably with the pepper spice, but it's missing some of the banana esters and the round and sweet bubblegum aromas you sometimes get. Still, it's a very pleasant nose.
Taste is better though, and it has the slightly sweet banana flavours that were missing on the nose. Unfortunately, misses some of the other complexities which the nose promised. Very round and full-bodied, with maybe just a light bite on the back; but it's subtle. For the most part, this is a full-bodied, sweet and wheat-driven hef, just light enough on the palate to be drinkable, but full flavoured enough to make you feel like this is a hearty brew.
Feels just slightly too carbonated and gassy, but the palate otherwise is slick and pleasant.
A good German hefe. A great German hefe? Probably not, but it has the hallmarks of what makes this such a great style.
Pours something akin to a Dunkel, or perhaps more rightly halfway between a Hefe and a Dunkel - a deep burnt golden / brown colour, with a surprisingly fizzy head of white foam. Body is cloudy and opaque. The carbonation is only visible in the narrow part of the glass, but its very fine where it is. Looks good enough, but the head is certainly a bit disappointing.
Nose is also somewhat balanced between hefe and dunkel, although this means the classic wheat notes are the dominant force: big sweet banana characters, and a bubblegum sweetness, with a lingering organic note. Minimal spice, but instead we get a touch of toffee sweetness, like one might expect in a dunkel. It's a very nice nose, nonetheless.
Taste is unfortunately a tad thin, although the characters that are there are very good. Organic and slightly underripe banana, light spice and a crushed vegetation greenness. Finish peters out very quickly though, leaving a faint selzer character on the back and very little body to back up any of the other flavours.
I'd suggest the bottle is a little old, but the date on the back is still a ways off, is the same as and was purchased from the same store at the same time as the excellent Schneider Tap 2 Kristalweizen I had yesterday, so I'm not sure that's it. Certainly inferior to the Tap 4 Hefe from this bottle, but it certainly still has its charms nonetheless.
I'm just disappointed I had to end my all-to-brief Schneider journey with this beer.
79 / 100
Pours a hazed orange-golden colour, although the yeast sediment it very compact at the bottom of the bottle, so it takes a bit of vigorous swirling before I can encourage much yeast haze in the beer. Wen it doesn, it awkwardly settles, meaning the top is cloudy, but the bottom is still crystal clear. Odd.
By the time everything is the way it should be, the head has dissipated, although it's still solid and egg-white frothy, just only half a centimetre high. Lots of weight to the body. A decent looking hefe, but not the best I've seen.
Nose is absolutely lovely though. It's a subtle melange of banana phenols, light and brittle spicy clove and a sweetness that comes across partway between bubblegum and tinned baked beans, if you can believe there's a continuum there. All in all, some absolutely classic weizen characters, and very well integrated.
And, the story keeps rolling on, because the taste is possible the standout point. Usually the esters and spice on the nose form the lynchpin of a good hefe, but this one gives out its treasures on the palate. Smooth rounded wheat characters, sweet with fragrant banana and bubblegum through the centre, and a finish which is lightly green and organic, but in such a way that it melds very pleasantly with the wheat and weizen yeast characters - a hop bitterness, for example, would contrast too sharply with the delicate palate.
Feel is light, and the beer overall is surprisingly clean. Hefes can be bloating at times, but this manages to stay fresh and drinkable.
It's a lovely drop of beer, and a really good hefeweizen, which has Schneider at the top of their craft.
71 / 100
Pours a cloudy pale gold colour, makes a spectrum top to bottom where the light comes through. Head is white and puffy and dense, nice retention with large bubbles around the edge. Good-looking hefeweizen, everything is where it should be.
Good light wheat nose. Nice tart, crisp edge with a touch of banana and cinnamon spice. Slight apple fruit on there as well, yeah nice. Tart and mildly spicy with fruity spice that reminds one of a mince pie or something. Pretty great.
Taste is quite fruity - tart and crisp with lots of acidity on the front and early mid. Banana comes through then with more green, underripe notes. Slight clovey and nutmeg apice on the back with that mince pie kind of flavour, very mild though but enough to counteract the underlying sweetness. Overall a nice crisp tart wheat palate.
Quite sizzly and dry on the back. Moderate body throughout; decent but not perfect.
A little on the acidic side to drink all the time, but just a little. Good hefeweizen characters and a generally well-balanced brew.
Pours a very pale straw colour, mild haze but mostly clear through. Head is white, retaining a decent film with nice but small trails of lace around. Not bad, not great.
Nose is really oddly phenolic. A barnyard saisony character to it with big rubber and leather and a fair corporeal sweat character. Slight citric fruit, but otherwise, while it's tolerable, there's no classic hefeweizen character on this at all so I'm obliged to call it poor.
Taste is nothing like the smell but instead it's overly sweet, with insipid lemon notes and a faint whisper of banana. Stays sweet towards the back with an icing sugar/saccharine flavour on the back. Watered down and thin. This is a hefeweizen so let's run through the checklist. Banana? Not check. Clove? Not check. Insipid, watery, dish detergent flavour? Check, in abundance. A big disappointment.
Feels thin, bland, watery. Unimpressed.
It's lacking in flavour, but even as far as drinking goes it's a bit beyond me. Too sweet and just unpleasant.
43 / 100
On tap at Sydney's Local Taphouse Canadian SpecTapular.
Extremely pale -- indeed the palest beer I had on the day including two Witbiers. Light hazed pale yellow with a frothy head which leaves some pretty reasonable lacing. So light though, almost tending to colourless.
Seltzer water and lemon acidity on the nose, very thin and watery, and just giving up faint hints of pine. Not so great. I can't say I'm a big fan.
Taste is a bit better, with some roundness and less of than thin reedy acidity. Bit weak though, and the finish is very bready. It's still thin in the body and really quite average all up.
Not a fan. It's not a great beer and far from a great hefe. It's just too thin, too underwhelming and too devoid of flavour. I had better from this brewery.
46 / 100
Pours an almost clear yellow gold colour, with just a fizzle of head that spends itself quickly, dissipating to a ring of tiny bubbles around the edges. For something that calls itself a hefeweizen, it's incredibly clear, despite the fact I swirled the bottom third of the bottle trying to stir up some sediment. Nothing. A real shame - this is a very lacklustre looking beer.
Nose is analogous to the look - slight spice of cloves, and a hint of tangy citrus, but very mild and not very flavoursome. You can just tell what it's trying to be, but it's very light on, and not very exciting.
I don't know how long I can keep beating this horse, but all the characters match - they're all like a pale, dull shadow of a real hefe. The taste is slightly sweet on the fore, with a hint of pepper and spice on the back, but all incredibly muted and rather watery. It's as though I'm perceiving the beer through several layers of frosted glass. I can tell what's there, but it's all vague and indistinct. Mouthfeel is a little thin, with just a erratic burst of carbonation.
A very average beer in my opinion. There's nothing really off about it, it's just incredibly dull and only barely scraping acceptability stylistically. Better than generic Australian swill, but really, I shouldn't be making the comparison at all.
41 / 100
Pours a slightly hazy, slightly pale gold colour, with lots of fizz but little head - a whisper of bubbles on top sinks almost immediately and I'm left with a very lagery-looking hefe. Looks over-carbonated and under cloudy.
Touches of banana on the nose and also some mild citrus rind that sometimes comes with it. Fair amount of sour-bitter blend and a slightly coppery edge. Smells quite sweet at the front, but it's milder, and most of the aroma comes from the metallic character at the back. Not bad, but underwhelming and lacking in the classic hefe spice character.
Taste is quite sweet - yeah, a candy sort of sensation. Fair amount of banana and vanilla on the front crawling into a bubblegum flavour towards the mid. Mid-palate expands with a metallic and very phenolic flavour sensation. Lots of copper, cough medicine and a hint of rubber. A little bit too much of that though, and it's unbalanced to the brinks of unpleasantness. Back palate catches the tail of these flavours and finishes with a tickle of a sour yeast character. Not one of these elements would make an outright bad beer, but I'm put off firstly because none of the classic hefe characters are here to a significant extent, giving way to an overdone lagery flavour that's too strong to be refreshing, and secondly because the balance is off, and the flavours just don't mesh together.
Feel is a little slimy, I guess a bit too thin, with a slightly harsh sizzle on the back as it goes down. I hate to keep bashing on about this, but it's not a classic hefe texture.
Not a revolting beer, but not very good. There are far better hefeweizens being made in Oz.
61 / 100
Pours a wonderfully cloudy deep golden orange colour into my weizen glass, with an enormously healthy and frothy head of creamy foam. Carbonation is large-bubbled, but looks very good overall. It's perhaps a tad darker than the style is generally, but it looks really good overall. I love to see this style of beer in my glass.
Pretty light nose, decent notes of pepper and a little light weizen acidity. Spice is heavier than the deeper, sweeter banana phenols you might expect. Some creaminess noticeable, but it's pretty subdued. Indeed, the whole nose is far more subtle than I like - a hefe should be bursting with luscious wheat notes, and while they're present here, they're neither luscious nor bursting.
Taste is also much subdued. The wheat acidity is present here, and the smoothness that was detectable on the palate only very briefly at the end, before a very dry finish - far drier than it should be. Initially, the spritzy carbonation is slightly overdone, and with the light acidity, this dominates most of the palate. Little spice, little fragrance - it feels very off style, and while it certainly is pleasant enough, it's missing enough to make me disappointed.
No, not a winner for me. It seems to lack character, and it's more disappointing that the style is generally so delicious. It's not a bad brew, just bad by comparison - it's still refreshing, drinkable and certainly inoffensive. I just wanted something more.
75 / 100
On tap at the brewery, December 09.
Really nicely cloudy pale yellow, just the right colour, although a little dull. Head is creamy and thick, a wonderful crown of white bubbles. Overall, a damn good looking hefe.
Very clear and traditional hefeweizen notes on the nose. Lots of clove noticeable. Smooth and fragrant, and very genuine. A really good nose.
Taste is also pretty true. Clove again noticeable, almost turning to charred wood in its spiciness. Clean and smooth with sweetness all the way through, leaving a pleasantly silky experience on the palate. Mouthfeel is generally creamy with just a light prickling of carbonation.
This is a very genuine hef. Lots of good true-to-style characters, with plenty of lovely fragrance. Australian brewers do a poor imitation of the style. At least here in Brooklyn, they do it right.
Pours a pale golden colour with very light haze, translucent appearance. Head is small and leaves a pale white cloud after sitting awhile. Lacing is pretty good, very little carbonation. Pretty good hefe.
Good bits of fruit on the nose, the mandatory banana on there with a very healthy dose of spice. Clove and white pepper predominant among the aromas. Vanilla bean comes through as well and some sour capsicum fragrance. Good hefeweizen character but nothing spectacular.
Taste is sour for large parts, with an underripe banana flavour, hints of leather and some sweet strawberry as well. Spice is underwhelming, with some mild clove hints on the back being about it. Leaves very dry, to an unoaked chardonnay extent. Not bad but lacks the complexity of your top-shelf hefes.
Mouthfeel very dry on the palate as well as the back, a bit harsh really, not very palatable.
Not a bad effort, but not great drinking.
71 / 100
Pours a lovely banana flesh colour with great, opaque haze throughout. It's a little yellow glob, like a lemon jello shot. Head is very impressive, dense and white, dissipates leaving a nice white crown. Steady but light bead, and leaving some thick, sticky lace. Excellent - even exameplary - hefe appearance. As good looking as Weihenstephaner. There, I've said it.
Good wheaty nose. Lots of clove and herbs, with a very healthy banana aroma and hints of rosewater, cinnamon, fresh berries and lemon. Smells delightfully sweet with great spice aspects, like a fruit pudding. If there is a fault it's that it's too sweet, and the spice doesn't have enough of a kick to it.
Taste starts a bit tangy and then launches into a strong dose of banana esters, with hints of vanilla and a bit of a puff pastry character. Mid-palate lasts for a nice long time and then disperses slowly, leaving a nice allspice king of aftertaste, with slight clove at the front. Again, maybe needs the spice more at the foreground, mostly a tangy banana flavour, but still good. Well balanced hefe flavour.
Mouthfeel has a good sedimenty roughness, full and slow and chewy through the mouth.
The bar manager at the Flying Horse talked of this beer as a less successful one (talking in terms of medals and awards), and while it's not doing anything special, I have to say it's a really good, solid hefeweizen. It actually excites me that a small country brewery in Aus makes such an exemplary and nicely-balanced beer.
38 / 100
Sampled on tap at Mountain View.
Pours an extremely clear golden colour, way too clear for a hefe, and with a huge wedge of lemon I forgot to ask them not to add. To be honest, there's perhaps a slight haze to it, but it certainly seems clearer than warranted. No carbonation, and the head is non-existent. I'm not sure I can entirely blame the lemon. Unimpressed.
The nose is certainly killed by the lemon, which is all you get when the wedge is still there. Once it's removed, there's still a slight carbonic or wheat acidity, but very bland. Certainly none of the classic hefe banana or clove characters. Again, I'm not impressed.
The taste initially gives a huge yeasty note, not unlike Pride of Ringworm, for those Aussies playing along at home. This is cleansed somewhat by a light acidity mid palate and a pleasant dry finish, but it's not true to style - it's only pleasant by comparison. Mouthfeel is pleasant and spritzy at least. It's what the palate demands, even if, again, it's not terribly true to style.
It's drinkable enough, really. There's nothing really offensive about it, but I can't say I enjoyed it a great deal.
Unassuming white and gold labelled bottle, with an image of windswept wheat.
Pours a dark buttery gold colour, deeply cloudy. Pretty decent loose bubbled foam head. Not a massive billowy hefe head, but very decenet all the same. A good looking beer.
Slightly peppery on the nose, with a faint hint of bubblegum sweetness, but not very much. There's an unfortunate aroma of bread yeast there too which doesn't help.
Hmm, to be honest, it has a pretty reasonable hefe flavour, but mightily subdued. Pretty sweet orange-citrus sort of character, but too bitter. It's a lot better than it might have been, but not a great example for the style.
Mouthfeel pretty good, not too carbonated.
Overall, a pretty good drop. A lot better than your average hefe knockoff wheat beer.
Tried at the brewery in Prague.
Appearance champagne gold. Very clear, fine carbonation feeding a big buoyant head of fine foam. Good retention despite the lemon wedge.
Nose is killed by the lemon, but I think there's really a genuine sour wheat character there anyway. Hints of banana and bubblegum. Not bad.
Taste is also prominently bubblegum, with a bit too much hoppy bitterness. Spose this is the hoppy Czech take on a hefe for you. Still, it's got good wheat characters to it. Mouthfeel very clean and smooth.
Very drinkable, very enjoyable.
Pours a pale orange-yellow with voluminous white head whose bubbles are larger and more visible than I'd have thought; sinks steadily and gets an uneven, meringue-like surface. Lacing is extremely minimal. Strong cloud in the beer and steady bead. Looks pretty nice, not outstanding though.
Nose is very weizeny, pleasantly so. First smell is sour and quite hoppy, with a lot of herbal phenols; sage and coriander hints on there. A closer whiff gives a pleasant banana aroma and maybe a hint of kiwifruit, with a slightly acidic edge and a very mild clovey spice. Decent, definitely. A dense and layered aroma.
Taste is quite a sharp one, there is a lot of bite from a number of sources. Strong fruit on there with a distinctly underripe character: bananas, green grape, Granny Smith and strawberries, all in their green, tart glory provide a robust acidity on the mid-palate. It doesn't pucker, although there is a slightly acerbic zest on the tongue. Some nice herbal phenols on the back finish the palate with a pleasant spice character, not quite as spruce or pepperty as it might have been, but still lively and leaves dryly. There is a slight hint of booziness towards the back, gained more from spice and tart flavours than any discernible alcohol, but it gives it a pleasant warming texture as it goes down.
A decent hefeweizen, this. Drinks a bit drying and tart, but is pleasantly textured in terms of flavour and certainly holds your interest.
Pours an apricot-tinged golden colour with mild yellow haze and commanding snowy head, fed by a constant bubbly stream. Head is very retentive, although less can be said of the lacing, which is disappointing in both quality and quantity. Good head, standard elsewhere.
Nose is quite hoppy, with a fresh grass/herbal aroma. Hints of a weizen spice and a lighter, fruitier hint, subtly suggesting banana and mango. Aside from those fruity notes, the hops are dominant and actually quite pilsenery, more floral than spicy or phenolic. Smells refreshing, but doesn't have the powerful bouquet I expected.
Taste is quite sour, with a tart, tomato kind of flavour, basically like underripe fruit, that sort of puckering acidity. A slight woodiness on there as well, hints of pine and eucalyptus, and maybe some mint as well. A dank, peppery spice comes through on the back, but doesn't stick around for the finish which is tart again, with a vinous edge. Mouthfeel is richly textured, crackling and puckering from the first sip. Slightly thin but that's OK as it certainly isn't boring.
Overall, although this has an interesting palate and a fair amount of flavour, I'm slightly disappointed in it as a hefe. Maybe I shouldn't have reviewed this a couple of weeks after the Pikantus, but where I may have expected this to be a lighter, more quaffable version of that, I find instead a sour, less enjoyable beer. Not bad, of course, but less than I expected.
Pours with a very cloudy appearance, light yellow in colour, very good head that sticks around. Great looking hefe.
Banana aromas, sweet and wheaty with a lot of fragrance. Par for the course really, but very pleasant.
Taste has a lot of sweet characters, nice bitterness towards the back and a light spice character. Fair amount of banana, taste is overall a little bit sweet for my liking, need more spice, the sweetness strangles everything. Feel is a bit thin and flat.
Drinkable though, and enjoyable.
72 / 100
Pours a burnished golden hue with enormous off-white head. A lot of cloudy haze in the glass, a few floaties even. Head retains excellently, lacing is very good as well. A premier example of weizen characters.
Nose is also quite weizeny with a fair amount of banana, hints of spice and a distinct hoppiness as well. Slightly herbal phenols on the back, and hints of cinnamon and clove. Nicely complex but a bit weak. Otherwise very good.
Big banana on the front of the palate, hint of vanilla as well. Very mild spice coming through as well, flavours of clove and coriander. Spice is very big on the finish, just the way I like it. Mouthfeel also has a nice spicy burning from good weizen yeast, but is a bit thin. Overall doesn't have enormous complexity, spice is good but leaves it slightly off-balance. Otherwise all the right flavours are there. Quite drinkable anyway and a pretty decent weizen.
48 / 100
Pours a very good, cloudy, light-brown colour, quite hefeweizeny. Good foamy defiant head, with a bit of carbonation. Looks nice.
Nose is pleasant enough but a bit underwhelming. Slightly sour grass aroma, with a hint of spicy yeast but not much. Very European, but not very good.
Taste is not bad, watery on the front palate, then descends slowly - a little too slowly perhaps - into an underwhelmingly rich, drinkable and slightly bitter palate. Finish is quite crisp and clean for a hefe. Lingering flavour is slightly herby, while mouthfeel is a little puckering and dry.
Okay flavours, but they're not dominant enough for me to really enjoy it.
46 / 100
Pours a slight pale golden colour with frenetic stream of bubbles feeding a generous white head. Fair haze in the glass. Tilting produces a sleek sheet of lace that doesn't cling. That looks pretty damn good. Or rather, it would, if it were a pale lager. It's a freaking HEFEWEIZEN though, which it looks almost NOTHING like.
Nose is a bit more wheaty, with a strong acrid tartness, actually quite meaty, with an off-fruit character, hints of citrus, yes, banana, and a metallic character. Maybe some light cloves but no spice from it, just a hint of fragrance. A bit more hefe-y, but not a lot better.
Taste is very tart, with a strong sour, meaty character and a long, metallic finish. Hints in there of tomato, lime and off-milk, but not done in a complex, poetic way, but as a big (not powerful) gush of diverse flavours all at once. If Weihenstephaner's palate is a road trip through the diverse landscape of hefe flavours, this is a cliff-fall, all in one swoop with very little finesse. Mouthfeel though is pretty decent, quite tingle and tangy and good for the flavour.
Finish leaves you with the sensation of holding unpolished silverware in your mouth for too long. Look, I'm not getting much banana or clove on that at all, just a mish-mash of sour. I don't think this beer is well-balanced, or indeed well-brewed. It's a bit drinkable, but it's simple and uninteresting. Fairly average.
77 / 100
Pours a hazy, yellow colour with enormous white head and good, busy carbonation bead. Head sinks slowly and evenly across the top, but sticks around impressively for the most part. Clings to the glass when tilted, but doesn't leave huge amounts of lacing. Quite exemplary wheat beer.
Very spicy nose with a huge clove hit. Hints around the edge of coriander, banana and a very metallic, chemical aroma. Mostly that sweet but spicy aroma though. Again, exemplaring. Reviewing this now having drunk it so often in the past makes me realise that I've unconsciously spent years reviewing weizens against this one. This just embodies hefe smell.
Taste has far more banana character on it than the nose. Taste is sweet and light with a threshed wheat kind of character followed by a long, tangy banana flavour for most of the palate with hints of basil, coriander and oregano. The back is a nice spicey brush of the tastebuds with a strong clove character and hints of fresh cut grass.
Mouthfeel is quite tingly and almost bitey thanks to the beer's apparent acidity. Otherwise feels slightly thin, I suppose it's appropriate but I think there's enough flavour to expect a thicker body. Overall, while it's beautifully complex and rich in flavour, the sensation it gives me is ever-so-slightly offputting because it is quite tart, like unrripe fruit, and slightly bitey, rendering it not quite quaffable. But it's a prime example of the joy that wheat can produce, and a fine, fine piece of brewing art.
Agitated before the pour, giving a cloudy lemon-yellow coloured body, with a decent head of large bubbled but meringue-like white foam. Actually looks very light for a weizen, but given they specifically call it a Helle Weisse, I guess this can be forgiven.
Good weizen characters on the nose. Bit of meatiness, fair bit of banana phenols and a light smattering of clove. Quite sweet; what I'm looking for in a weizen, with a nice vanilla character coming through too. Nice.
Taste is something of a let down, with a rather bland flavour profile. Thin, with a lightly sweet yeast character, but not a huge amount, and certainly not a huge amount of spiciness, or true hefe characteristics. Mouthfeel is clean at least. Not amazing, but suitable enough.
It's a drinkable hefe, but a pretty bland one. Nowhere near the peaks of the better examples.
Pours a yellow gold colour, cloudy from the sediment I swished out of the bottle, with a crackling head of shiny white foam. Head dissipates rather disappointingly, but otherwise, a decent looking brew.
Quite a sour acidity on the nose, lots of lemon, sweat, and a herbal twang like coriander or even rosemary. Very sour - a huge wheat character, and not much sweetness from the yeast variety. Can't say I'm a huge fan.
Taste isn't much better - quite a strong carbonic acidity, and a sharp metallic bitterness, which isn't right for the style at all. There is the mellow, smooth, buttery hefe characters hovering around the edges, but the sharp acidity, and the overzealous carbonation just plough straight through it, leaving all its good prospects distraught and whimpering by the side of the road.
No, this doesn't do it for me at all. Very far removed from the lovely luscious German wheat biers. Unless this is a rude and crude new take on the wheat style, I have to say this fails far short of the mark.
NOTE: I didn't know what I was drinking when I reviewed this
Pours very pale with a cloudy appearance. White, respectable head, leaves a thin-ish film, decent lacing but not great. Too many floaties.
Bizarre nose, like lemon squash, very sugary and fruity with a slight tang. Not beer-esque at all, this is completely anomalous drop that pretty much smells exactly like soft drink.
Again, very lemony with a slight tartness but mostly a candy sweetness that is like beer with sugar cubes dropped in it. Not pleasant, has no beer taste and is also watery. Mouthfeel is VERY thin.
This is piss in a glass, the puckering aspect is all there is to pique my interest. Obviously a chick beer, obviously a feeble attempt to call itself beer while actually tasting nothing like it. Fuck you, drink.
48 / 100
Cloudy orange yellow with a huge frothy head of dense sparkling yellow bubbles. Very thick. Looks decent enough.
Huge grapefruit sparkling citrus character on the nose. Nothing else. Smells like soft drink, or a premix alcopop. Citrus, acidity, sugar. Not that that's necessarily bad, for what it is. It's just strong, weird and un-beerlike.
Thin alcopop sour-sweet flavour too, with a lingering wheat acidity that tastes surprisingly meaty after the sharp fruit-acid character. Grapefruit leaves a dollop of bitterness on the very back, but don't get me wrong, it's not a beer-like bitterness.
It's very refreshing, and easy to drink, of course, but it's an odd concoction. I'm happy enough to drink it on occasion though.
69 / 100
Pours a pale yellow colour with very generous head that dissipates with moderate pace, fed by a very steady bead throughout the beer. Looks very champagney. Needs a bit of yeast agitation to add cloud, now it looks more like beer, but still, that champagney carbonation... Pretty good-looker, overall.
Pleasant nose indeed. That very nice weizeny ester comes through, but pushed back by a spicey, clovey nose, a lot of spicey hop on that aroma, and it comes through loud and clear. A slight champagne sourness on there as well, but a very pleasant, complex fragrance there.
Taste is similar to the nose but less. Has that crisp, spicey character on the front of the palate, but this dissipates into a slightly tart, weizeny finish which then unfortunately trails off to leave a bit of a watery finish. Lacks the fruit promised by the nose, although the tartness is reminiscent of grapefruit or some other citrus. Has nice sweet-spicey flavours coming through on the front but it can't hang around for the encore.
Mouthfeel is very nice actually, crisp and dry but managing to remain quite full, goes down well. I remember being mistaken in a blind tasting into thinking this was a witbier because of that fruity, spicey nose. I can see the confusion here as well, the spice feels and smells very deliberate.
This is a very drinkable drop, light and pleasant with enough complexity to make it interesting. Finish lets it down, but only slightly.
Slightly darker than I might expect - golden, but not very pale. Snow-white head. Bit cloudy as the name would suggest. Nice dense lacing. Looks pleasant.
Smells like those banana lollies I used to get in Target. Intense banana ester and a slight hint of yeast to blend. Predictable, but decent.
Wow, again with a pretty intense kind of banana character. A good dose of wheat malt on the front with a slightly tannic finish, a bit acidic anyway. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth but with a very grating edge towards the back.
Fairly bland weizen, really.
** NOTE: I tasted this blind, and for some reason it took me a very, very long time to realise it was wheat-based. I was probably drunk at the time **
Pours a very pale banana yellow with generous snowy head, good retention. Fair lacing but not much. Looks like a Euro lager, not a bad example.
Again very Euro-lager on the nose, with fair hops and that kind of sour soda-water aroma. Grassy and tangy, but one real note is all there is. Not too bad.
Very nice and refreshing on the palate, has a very tangy passionfruit kind of flavour, quite dry on the finish, a lot of sour kind of notes, bit subdued and slightly fizzy on the mouthfeel. Not bad, dry and refreshing with some good characters. Quite drinkable.
Very pale cloudy straw colour with a billowy, pocked head of white foam. Dissipates to a ring of film pretty quickly. Not a bad look, though a little light.
Nice wheat tang on the nose. Zesty citrus with a light underlying skunkiness. Almost a hint of that meaty POR character. I thought it was good at first, but there's a number of bad characters which just well up.
Light sweet palate with a creamy edge. Light bitterness creeps in later, with a rather unpleasant bad yeast character. Leaves a residual bad taste in your mouth. A shame - otherwise it's quite pleasant. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, light and smooth.
Drinkable enough. I'm just disappointed that there's a few too many off-style and unpleasant characters.
(Note: I was served this blind, and was convinced it was a witbier - it certainly has more of the sharp citrus characters of a wit than the banana-clove phenols of a hefe).
Pours a pleasant, if slightly light yellow gold, cloudy with sediment. Head is suitable large, but loose bubbled - leaving it look like soap suds. Carbonation is rampant and large. Not the best looking hefe I've ever seen.
Not much on the nose - a bit of sweetness, a bit of an oily character. But not a hint of the classic banana/clove/bubblegum of the best hefes. Very weak.
Taste is also a bit bland - a light bitter character up front that leads into a gritty yeast character. It's not bad, albeit missing the true hefe phenols which would be working their way around the sinuses. However, apart from that, the palate is quite hefe like. Mouthfeel is a little too carbonated, but the body has a smoothness which is nice.
It's by no means a great hefe, but it's a pretty drinkable beer. In fairness, this is a style that's hard to get right, and easy to get wrong. And while they haven't really got it right, they haven't really got it wrong either. Very drinkable at least.
71 / 100
Pours a slight rosey-amber colour, with a thin yeast sediment cloud. Creates a thin film of off-white head, steady carbonation. Interesting hue - that's all to really distinguish it, but otherwise an exemplary hefeweizen.
Excellent complex nose of hops and fruit. Aspects of banana and pawpaw and tropical goodness blend wonderfully with a rich, deep plummy character. Bit of sultana perhaps? Otherwise a back note of fragrant hops comes through very clearly. Really excellent nose, and very hefeweizeny.
Taste is slightly less weizeny, with the rich plummy character tending to dominate over the lighter fruits. Palate is complex but a little short, with no particularly significant finish. Slightly sour character on the mid palate, caused by the fruity esters, and this blends very nicely actually with the bittering hops to create an interesting flavour overall. Mouthfeel is not very smooth - but not bad. Has a bit of a watery character is all.
A pleasant, well-crafted brew that falls just the slightest bit short in flavour. Definitely commendable on a number of levels though, particularly in the drinking.
61 / 100
The yeast cake was very solid on the bottom of the bottle and wouldn't come out, so it's a very clear hefe that ends up being poured into my glass. Nice yellow colour, a tad too light for a true hefe, with a nice frothy white head. Still, not much of a hefeweizen look to it.
Nice crushed vegetation and citrus character on the nose, more like a wit than a hefe, but nice, nonetheless.
Hint of clove on the palate, the first real hefe note in the beer. Otherwise a good dash of sour wheat, and a grainy, dry character. It's not wowing me, but it's not bad. Mouthfeel is a little overcarbonated.
It's an odd beer this one, doesn't really classify as a true hefe, but it's only part way towards a witbier. Not bad, pretty drinkable.
60 / 100
Pours a yellow head with not much head or carbonation. Thin ring of lacing around the side of the glass. Nothing to shout from the rooftops about.
Has a soft marshmallow smell with a slight hint of herbs. Nice, and yeah, quite hefeweizen-y, really.
Has that classic hefe-style bubble gum character on the palate but it is dominated by hops both front and back palate. It's actually remarkably bitter for a hefe. Drinkable, certainly, but I wouldn't say it fits the style very well, there's not much apart from the hops. It doesn't help that the waiter who poured it for me had no idea how to pour beer and so just poured it without agitating the yeast so the cloudy appearance I only got when I chucked the last drops in my glass.
But still, it's a very pleasant beer to drink but it's not much of a hefeweizen and it's quite simplistic on the palate. Average.
Nice presentation in a 750ml champagne-style bottle. Just capped though, no corking.
Pours quite dark for a hefeweizen. A deep amber but with the traditional cloudy hefe body. Nice fine-bubbled head, but not billowy. Fine carbonation. It doesn't look that true to style, but it does look good.
Slight hefe yeast nose. Not a lot of banana or clove, but it does have the slightly latexy bubblegum character to it. Not bad, a decent weizen nose.
Taste is genuinely reminiscent of the true German Weizen style, but it does have a slightly pungent bitter character on the back palate. Whether it's an overaccentuated hop bite or something else, it rankles a bit.
Clearly the bubblegum character is dominant here as well. It gets almost a little overpowering, but it's a true hefe character, which is commendable.
Overall, this is pretty good. It has true hefe characters to it, and is a pretty good example style-wise. It doesn't have the transcendent qualities which would set apart a stellar Weizen, but it's very drinkable. Well done Bridge Road!
50cl reusable brown bottle. Almost mindnumbingly generic label - beer name, crest of the brewery and a motif of hops and barley. Always the same...
Hazy, but only very slightly, golden colour, with an excellent crest of fluffy white head. Sticks around to the bottom of the class leaving excellent lacing.
Slightly generic soda nose, but with enough hefe yeast aromas to be recognisable. Good banana esters, and a hint of clove, but stronger on the fruit side of things. Not a powerful nose, but reasonable enough.
Mmm... better on the palate, with an almost caramelly creaminess which slips over your tongue, leaving a refreshing slightly sour wheat character. Slight fruity resonances and a rather sprightly and not unpleasant note of hops - not a lot, but very subtly done. It's pretty good, although still a fair way off the pinnacles of the style.
Mmm, very drinkable. This is a good representative of the hefeweizen style, without actually taking you to the heights that it sometimes brings. Quite enjoyable to drink though.
Quite a dark amber tapering to a burnt golden body. Light white coarse bubbled head that doesn't retain. Minimal carbonation.
Very little aroma, a little sweet and toffee like. Little hint of the classic banana-clove aroma. Overall, rather subdued.
Taste is a little more traditional. Smooth banana phenols, with an underlying freshness. Quite easy to drink and very creamy on the palate. Pretty filling though, and the cloying banana bubblegum sweetness gets to you after a while.
Still, it's pretty drinkable and quite smooth. Pretty hard to take more than one of these though.
56 / 100
Cloudy amber/bronze-gold body, with languous streams of bubbles feeding a thick, pillowy overcooked-meringe-coloured head. Head stays in for the long haul, and looks beautiful all the way.
Noticeable hefe characters on the nose, but subdued and a little tired. A fair amount of carbonated water smell, and a hint of unsuitable sweetness kill of the phenols of banana and clove.
Also subdued taste. Overcarbonated on the palate - maybe those languous streams which look so good have something to answer for. They end up hindering the beer ultimately. You get the vague idea of the hefe characters, but they're so faint as to only be hints. It ends up tasting watered down.
Better than a lot of beer, but with a very disappointing hefe character.
11 / 100
(Bottom of the Barrel)
Clear light yellow body, with a coarse-bubbled scummy head fed by massive carbonation. Doesn't look too appealing.
Smells a little like bread dough, with a good dollop of vomit and soda water. No hint of sweetness, hops or vegetativ grassiness that I'd expect. Not even any honey, which while not my favourite smell in a beer, is the least I expect from a honey wheat.
Tangy, vomit flavour, followed by a horrible clinging yeasty aftertaste (it reminds me of the afterpalate of Carlton Draught). It's terrible, but at the same time, it's almost tasteless. Mouthfeel is very bubbly and aerated, which makes it worse, because it's like it's trying to induce vomiting.
This is not a good beer at all. I found very little to enjoy about this one, and ended up tipping half of it down the sink.
88 / 100
Beautiful pale cloudy honey-lemon yellow with a frothy rocky head of pure white. Decent carbonation to keep the head alive. Very good looking hefe-styled beer.
Nose is excellent. Sweet banana clove esters, beautiful counterpointed against a zesty citrus Tettnanger hoppiness. Hints of organic grassiness. This is a genuine hefeweizen nose, comparable to the archetypes of the style.
Taste is also very very good, and beautifully true to style. A delicious sweet flavour of tropical fruits on the front palate, backed up by a subtle peppery aromatic hop characteristic, which finishes dry and refreshing. Mouthfeel is spritzy but buttery smooth.
What a wonderful brew. A true hefe, and a damn good one at that. I don't think I've seen a better example outside Germany, and this would hold its own against the best of them.
Clear pale yellow, highly carbonated. Small, wussy head, no retention. This doesn't look like a hefe at all.
Smells very lagery. A bit sweeter than average, perhaps, but not a hefe nose. Where's the fragrance? Where's the character? Smells like a generic "premium" lager.
The taste is not quite so lagery. It's a bit fruity and a bit phenolic, and ends quite dry and yeasty. Mouthfeel quite smooth and tingly. It's actually quite a drinkable beer, but it's a shockingly bad example of a hefeweizen.
So, it's drinkable. Hey, I'd probably really enjoy it if they didn't claim it to be something it's not. When I get something clear piss-yellow when I'm expecting cloudy fragrant estery goodness, it's bound to be a disappointment.
71 / 100
Sampled in a 1-Litre Stein at the Bavarian Beer Cafe in York St, Sydney.
Appearance: Tall, browny-orange cloudy body, with a consistent colour. Good thick white head that stays full and frothy until near the very bottom.
Smell: Nice, rich hefe character, touches of citrus, tropical fruits. A sweet underpinning, with very little malt, or even much refreshing hop character. Although, the more I smell, the less robust a hefe-smell I think it is.
Taste: Refreshing sweet taste with a long, bready dry after taste. Taste of citrus and other fruit, but backed with a nice bitterness that keeps it from being to sickly. Not bad. Mouthfeel is a little lacking in fullness.
Overall: A very drinkable brew. A litre went down with very little trouble at all. I've had better hefes, but this is up there.
73 / 100
Nice, cloudy champagne-gold colour, some carbonation. Hood thick head. A pleasure to behold.
Sweet citrus, wheat malt, a little hoppiness, but not enough to cut through the syrupy sweetness to a damaging degree. A fine nose by anyone's standards.
Very nice. Starts with a nice fragrant bitterness that mellows slowly to a sweet, dry finish.
Some fruitiness creeps in for a quick moment in the middle, along with a slight medicinal or chemical flavour, the you probably wouldn't notice unless you were looking for it. It doesn't detract from the brinkability, because it's so momentary, but it's disappointing that it's there.
A very nice drop. Not the best hefe I've ever had, but a good one, all the same.
81 / 100
Pours a creamy caramel brown with a thick frothy off-white head. I poured the yeast in with it for the full hefe character, so it was quite cloudy. Not a bad thing at all in my book.
Fantastic rich and aromatic nose. Smells like sweet tomatoes with citrus fruit, herbs, a touch of cloves and bananas. There's a siltiness in there, even. Overall, there's layer after layer. A very nice nose.
Sweet initial flavour flettens out to a savoury taste of bread, finishing with a frefreshing bitter tang. A wonderful hefe. It's really pleasant and refreshing. It has a great deal of rich complexity for something with a relatively standard ABV. The advantage of that is that is supremely drinkable.
An excellent beer, one of the best hefes, and probably one of the best wheat beers.
81 / 100
Gorgeous thick, rich sturdy head stis atop an opaque orange gold body. Some light carbonation. A very good-looking beer.
Delicious fruit-sweet nose. Touches of orange, lemonade laced with hops and sweet malt.
A fair amount of bitterness on the palate, a little more than I've come to expect from a wheat beer. Long finish that starts with a lip-smacking bitter hops freshness (almost reminiscent of an IPA) and mellows to a coppery sweetness at the back of the mouth. There's a dusty dryness at the very, very end which just wonderfully caps off this beer.
This is a very, very pleasant brew. I've tried a few of these now, and every time I find something new to appreciate. Wonderful job